Dennis Reid, Director, Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center fullsizeoutput_1091

Dr. Reid has over 40 years of experience as a clinician and supervisor in educational, residential, and community support settings for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has consulted with human service agencies in the majority of states of the United States as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He has published over 140 refereed journal articles and book chapters focusing on applied behavior analysis and positive behavior support, and authored or co-authored 12 books. In 2007, he was awarded Fellowship status in the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in 2006 received the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities International Research Award. Dennis is the founder and current director of the Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center in Morganton, North Carolina, USA. His company has employed people with autism and other severe disabilities in a supported work capacity for more than 20 years.

Session: Promoting Happiness among Adults with Severe Disabilities: Evidence-Based Strategies

This presentation will describe strategies for promoting day-to-day happiness among adults who have severe disabilities. Initially, the importance of daily happiness on the overall quality of life will be stressed, along with happiness being considered a private event that is amenable only to indirect assessment. Next, means of identifying and validating indices of happiness and unhappiness will be presented for individuals who have serious difficulties describing these private emotional events. Ways to observe ongoing indices of happiness and unhappiness will then be discussed. Subsequently, evidence-based strategies for increasing happiness and decreasing unhappiness during daily routines will be presented. Periodically during the presentation reference will be made to research providing the evidence base for the strategies that are discussed.

Session: Organizational Behavior Management in Practice: Improving Staff Performance in Human Service Settings

This session will describe an evidence-based protocol for working with staff in the human services to promote work quality and enjoyment. Initially, the importance of promoting equality and staff enjoyment will be discussed. Next, application of the protocol will be described, including ways to specify desired staff performance, train relevant work skills effectively and efficiently, monitor staff performance in a manner acceptable to staff, support proficient work performance, and correct insufficient performance. Discussion of the supervisory and consultative strategies will be supplemented with summaries of research that provides the evidence base of the recommendations.